In the article “Political Activism and Art,” the author mentions Da Costa’s “Swipe.” I looked into the project more, and it’s really interesting. Essentially, there is very often a huge amount of data stored on your driver’s license, which is available to anyone who scans it. Like a police officer. Or the liquor store. Or the gas station. Or the strip club. Information like:

  • Your birthday
  • Your driver’s license number
  • SSN
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Organ donor
  • Sex

With “Swipe,” people would swipe their driver’s license to see what kind of information was being stored on it. Here’s the website:

http://www.preemptivemedia.net/swipe/

Also, if you want to know what’s on your license, you can go to

http://turbulence.org/Works/swipe/state_analysis.html

http://turbulence.org/Works/swipe/barcode.html

I haven’t tried the latter.

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